Somehow we have less than three months of 2019 left, and I have only read 16 books. In my mind I am already kissing my reading goal goodbye (24 books this year just ain’t gonna happen). Part of the reason is that I haven’t been ver lucky in my book selection… I have read some that are good, don’t get me wrong, but none that made me want to stay up late at night to finish it. So if you have any recommendations, please do let me know.
If you are also struggling to complete your yearly goal, or are simply looking for something to make your daily commute a bit more bearable, keep reading, you might find something you like bellow:
Where’d you go, Bernadette
This might have been the funniest read of the second half of my year (I did read some other great comedy in the first half, which you can read about here). Where’d you go Bernadette has been on the bookshelves on my favourite book stores for a while, so when I saw it in a little second hand shop in Munich, I couldn’t resist. In the book Bee tells the story of how her mum went missing, and as a reader, you connect the dots along with her. The story itself is entertaining enough, but for me it was more the way it was narrated that made every other sentence hilarious. Definitely would recommend for those looking for a light, uplifting read.
Here I am
A bit of a heavier read, I picked up Here I am at that same second hand shop. I was very excited about it because I have read two other books by Jonathan Safran Foer and thoroughly enjoyed them. However, this book gave me the impression that, as Foer grows his characters become older, darker and more complex, and maybe I am not at a stage in my life where I can fully appreciate the ones in this story yet.
The book tells the story of a jewish marriage that’s slowly breaking, at the same time that a huge crisis in Israel is taking place. I enjoyed the portrayal of the characters and the life they shared, but found it hard to connect to them (maybe due to my life being in a very different stage to theirs) and I had to push through the end, because this one is a LONG book.
The Alaskan Laundry
This book did a great job at describing such a foreign landscape for me. It really felt like I was in the middle of this cloudy, cold wild port lost in the middle of nowhere, when I was really lying in a beach in Mallorca. It tells the story of Tara, a girl in her late teens that arrives to this little port town in Alaska to work in commercial fishing. While the descriptions and the environment the author created where very detailed and easy to immerse into, the plot was a bit lacking for me. I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot, but during the second half I found myself thinking… “is nothing else going to happen?
I really enjoyed this book. It is quite different from the ones I usually read, since fantasy and mythology don’t usually occupy my book shelves, but I realised while reading this that I really miss those genders! I used to read a loooot of fantasy when I was a kid/teenager, and I forgot what a nice break from reality it is.
Circe is the daughter of Helios, born not to be a Goddess or a Nymph, but a witch instead. Frightened by her power, her father vanishes her to a deserted island, where she works on her witchcraft and befriends mortals and heroes.
Although a bit slow at times, it was a very pleasant read with a bit of everything: adventure, love, feminism… all the good stuff.
I may have gone a bit horoscope crazy lately (I might write a different post on that subject soon), so when I found this book at my local library, I thought I would give it a try in spite of not really having heard anything about it before.
I was very pleasantly surprised at the beginning. Although the main character might be quite unlikable to some (she insults virtually everyone in her head, neglects her friends, has an obsessive relationship with her boyfriend and a log etc) … I found it honest and refreshing. I myself have days where everyone that I cross ways with seems like an utter and absolute idiot, but I don’t put it in writing, so I am not an asshole (right??). So I was on board with the whole “woman in her late 30’s going through a crisis and being a bit of a bitch about it” plot, but in the last third of the book things got…weird. I cannot say much without spoiling it, but let’s see there was some fantasy that seemed completely out of place in the whole narrative of the book, which made for a pretty disappointing ending.
Next in my list are: Ordinary People, Crazy Rich Asians and The Woman in the Window. What about you? Did you reach your 2019 reading challenge? Are you still hoping to? Or are you ready to give up like me? I would love to know.